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Energy People Trust funding helps area’s most vulnerable make ends meet.

The Rossendale Citizen’s Advice Bureau has announced that thousands of families in Lancashire are receiving extra support thanks to its energy advice project funded by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. Over the past two years, the project has helped 3,372 local people maximise their income by over £1million through accessing additional benefits, grants and energy efficiency.

Thanks to £28,000 funding from the Trust, the Bureau was able to start providing specialist energy support for the very first time. Staff at the CAB helped local people access affordable warmth and make significant savings through applying for grants, accessing the benefits to which they are entitled and sharing practical knowledge on energy efficiency.

The service has been a lifeline for vulnerable people in the local community, helping people to maximise their income by an average of £315 per person.

Kester Dean, manager of Rossendale CAB, said: “The funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust has enabled us to provide specialist support to people with fuel issues. We have increased our specialist knowledge and skills throughout the Bureau and use these to support local people in a number of ways.”

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “This project has been a real success story. It has benefited from funding from the Energy People Trust and turned it into over £1million extra income for local people – it is an incredible achievement and testament to Rossendale CAB and the staff’s commitment to its local community.

“The specialised energy and benefits advice offered by the Bureau has enhanced the lives of thousands across the local community and we are delighted to support this hugely valuable project.”

Wednesday, October 15, 2014